Ninja Soccer Moms (Samantha Shaw Series #3)

Ninja Soccer Moms (Samantha Shaw Series #3)

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by Jennifer Apodaca
     
 

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Samantha Shaw, owner of the Heart Males dating service, hates soccer. But she doesn't have a problem with settling scores—especially when deceitful ex-husbands are involved. So when Janie Tuggle, the former wife of town hero and championship-winning soccer coach Chad, asks her to investigate her embezzling ex, Sam dives right in. Turns out, the weasel is not

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Samantha Shaw, owner of the Heart Males dating service, hates soccer. But she doesn't have a problem with settling scores—especially when deceitful ex-husbands are involved. So when Janie Tuggle, the former wife of town hero and championship-winning soccer coach Chad, asks her to investigate her embezzling ex, Sam dives right in. Turns out, the weasel is not only pocketing $16,000, but has been cheating on Janie at every opportunity. Exposing him will be a pleasure. But before Sam can make a call. Chad is found dead in his office—and Sam and Janie are both suspects. Detective Logan Vance is breathing down Sam's neck, her boyfriend and sleuthing partner Gabe Pulizzi is working the case for Chad's sexy former lover, Dara Reed, and unwelcome discoveries are springing up all over town. Netting the killer feels like a long shot, but as another cheating husband's crimes threaten Sam's business, her brand-new relationship, and even her life, the penalty for slipping up could be fatal.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sports moms waiting for practice to end will enjoy the third bubbly entry in Apodaca's cozy series (after 2003's Dying to Meet You) starring Samantha Shaw, amateur sleuth and owner of Heart Mates, her "beloved and struggling dating service" in Lake Elsinore, Calif. When her old friend Janie Tuggle tells her that ex-husband Chad, the head coach of the Soccer Club of Lake Elsinore (SCOLE), has been embezzling funds, Sam is anxious to help. Janie should know, since she managed the club's accounts for years, until Chad left her for a younger woman. No sooner does Sam manage to copy the disk with SCOLE's accounts than Chad is murdered in his office, and Sam and Janie become prime suspects. A number of potential allies stonewall or even hinder Sam's investigation. Now why on earth would they do that? The tension grows as Sam zeroes in on the killer. Amusing characters and situations add to the frothy fun. Sports moms waiting for practice to end will enjoy the third bubbly entry in Apodaca's cozy series (after 2003's Dying to Meet You) starring Samantha Shaw, amateur sleuth and owner of Heart Mates, her "beloved and struggling dating service" in Lake Elsinore, Calif. When her old friend Janie Tuggle tells her that ex-husband Chad, the head coach of the Soccer Club of Lake Elsinore (SCOLE), has been embezzling funds, Sam is anxious to help. Janie should know, since she managed the club's accounts for years, until Chad left her for a younger woman. No sooner does Sam manage to copy the disk with SCOLE's accounts than Chad is murdered in his office, and Sam and Janie become prime suspects. A number of potential allies stonewall or even hinder Sam's investigation. Now why on earth would they do that? The tension grows as Sam zeroes in on the killer. Amusing characters and situations add to the frothy fun.
Library Journal
A widowed, bust-enhanced single mom and struggling business owner, Samantha Shaw attempts to help a vengeful friend prove that her ex-husband has been embezzling money from the local soccer club. After a comic misadventure in the man's office, Shaw nearly succeeds; however, someone murders the guy before she can proceed. Her friend now wants to know who killed her ex, but Samantha's P.I. connection with boyfriend Gabe seems tenuous at the moment. In addition, various problems at her dating service intrude. A flighty but feisty heroine, frothy, non-stop action, and frequent humor commend this debut series to readers who enjoyed Harley Jane Kozak's Dating Dead Men. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Once again, a corpse distracts trimmed-down Samantha Shaw both from business-Heart Mates, her dating service-and pleasure-tweaking both ultra-hot lover Gabe Pulizzi and ultra-cool suitor Logan Vance by looking into financial fiddling at the local soccer league. Sam (Dying to Meet You, 2003, etc.) only means to help her friend Janie Tuggle get the goods on her wife-dumping ex, Chad, and knock him off the pedestal he occupies as Lake Elsinore's most successful soccer coach. Once someone takes Chad out with a bookend, though, Sam is right behind Janie on detective Vance's suspect list. Private eye Gabe's no help; Chad's new girlfriend Dara Reed is his latest client. So Sam does what any independent woman would do-hosts a lingerie party for her friend Angel. When Sophie Muffley, Chad's office assistant, shows up along with Iris, Gabe's mom, and Lionel Davis, a Heart Mates client who'd just as soon date the owner, it looks as her investigation is about to get a little too personal. But when Vance blackmails her into working for him, you know it won't be long before Sam is shaking up suspects and running from the law, all in Angel's tightest bustier. Sam's third is a lot racier and a smidge better plotted than the usual gutsy-single-mom-with-her-own-business-plus-two-competing-boyfriends-and-a-little-detection-on-the-side fare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786268559
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/20/2004
Series:
Samantha Shaw Series , #3
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.95(d)

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Ninja Soccer Moms 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a mom . I do play soccer . I am under 18 years old
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on clearence at a local store not sure what I was going to think. All in all though I was delightfully impressed. This novel, "Ninja Soccer Moms" is funny, romantic, and filled with a mystery that you want to crack! Same and Gabe make the best team of investigators/lovers, and you will find yourself wanting to knock out some of the others! A delightful treat for fans of chick lit and mystery! You till be glad to pick this novel up! A++++ for Jennifer Apodaca, I'm excited to pick up some more novels by this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Samantha Shaw runs the Heart Mates Dating Service. But more often than not, she is off doing amateur sleuthing. Luckily her boyfriend, Gabe Puluzzi, is a P.I. and often lets her doing her sleuthing under his license. Janie Tuggle comes to Sam asking her to help her get evidence that her ex-husband, Chad, has been stealing from the soccer league for years. Since he is the Coach that everyone loves since he¿s taken them to victory, she knows no one will believe her without solid proof. Sam got out of the soccer mom scene after her divorce, and she is very reluctant to set foot back there. But, once Janie tells Sam that Chad let the insurance for her kids run out, but he¿s still living high on the hog in their former home, Sam can¿t tell her no. Sam is a sucker for the underdog. When Sam meets with Chad, a very fun scene develops having to do with her clothing. You¿ll have to read it for yourself. Wouldn¿t want to give anything away! Then Chad is found murdered. Janie is a suspect, but so are many other people, including Sam herself. She gets into some sticky situations with Detective Vance. They go round and round more than once, and in more ways than one! And Gabe is not very amused with Detective Vance and his actions. I love this series. It is always a laugh out loud read. For the most part I¿d call it a cozy, but this book had one sex scene that in my opinion was beyond a cozy. Sam, Grandpa, Sam¿s boys, Gabe, Gabe¿s mom, and Det. Vance will keep you in stitches and definitely wanting more! I highly recommend this book and the whole series. It is fabulous! You won¿t want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When her husband dies, Samantha Shaw learns that he was cheating on her and everyone in town knew it but her. She decides to change her image so the soccer mom gets breast implants, wears chic clothing, and opens up Heart Mates, a dating service for people desiring to meet their significant other. While she enjoys her business, she also likes working as a private investigator under her lover Gabe¿s license. Janie Tuggle, former wife of the soccer coach, asks Sam to investigate whether Chad embezzled funds from the soccer clubs of Lake Elsinore. Sam tricks Chad and soon downloads his financial records. She and Janie realize that $16,000 is missing. Shortly afterward, someone murders the coach. Janie asks Sam to learn who and why because any one of the suspects he was blackmailing could be the killer. Now Sam feels it is more critical to locate Chad¿s ominous files so no one else gets hurt.

NINJA SOCCER MOMS is a quirky charming romantic mystery with a plethora of suspects. When the heroine is not aggravating the lead police detective, she aggravates her sleuthing boss with her efforts to prove her independence and that she is his equal in everything. Yet the attraction between Gabe and Sam is so hot, it is a wonder that sparks do not fly off the pages. Jennifer Apodaca writes an appealing who-done-it that will keep her audience interested in more books starring this soccer mom.

Harriet Klausner